As BroadwayWorld first reported last night, actor Michael McKean was struck by a car on the Upper West Side of Manhattan yesterday afternoon at 86th Street and Broadway. He sustained a broken leg and facial lacerations and was taken to St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital. According to the NY Daily News, two other people were taken to St. Luke’s as a result of the accident.
In today's The Washington Post, McKean's rep, Harriet Sternberg, reports that the actor is in stable condition and is recovering from a broken leg. Sternberg told the Daily News that “it’s the first time he will have ever missed a curtain in his entire life. ... He’s never missed stage, screens in film or television. His understudy has never gone on in 40-plus years.”
Many in the industry sent their best wishes to the actor through their Twitter accounts. Filmmaker Michael Moore posted that he had witnessed the scene first hand, commenting, “Here’s 2 a speedy recovery for a gr8 guy.” Tony winning actor Harvey Fierstein tweeted, “Michael McKean hit by a car. Most unhappy about this. Sending healing thoughts to my brother. Most unhappy.”
The actor, who also played Squiggy’s best buddy Lenny on “Laverne & Shirley,” is currently appearing in Gore Vidal’s “The Best Man” on Broadway. The show is nominated for two Tonys, including best revival of a play. The actor has also appeared on Broadway in Superior Donuts, The Homecoming, The Pajama Game, Hair, Hairspray and Accomplice. His Off-Broadway credits include King Lear and Our Town. The actor starred in the films "This Is Spinal Tap" and "Best in Show."
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